Two former BBC journalism apprentices who completed their professional qualifications through City of Wolverhampton College are heading up the nightly news bulletin on the new BBC Three channel which launched on February 1.
Levi Jouavel and Kirsty Grant, along with fellow broadcaster Callum Tulley, are presenting The Catchup, a weeknight bulletin aimed at young people, which will round up the day’s news in just five minutes.
The duo studied for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) diploma in journalism with the college which has delivered the digital journalism apprenticeship scheme on behalf of the BBC since 2015 and, to date, trained over 100 apprentices, giving them the skills and knowledge to take on junior journalism roles in the organisation.
During the training, apprentices work alongside BBC news teams on work placements, learning how to create and deliver quality news content for multiple platforms, as well as studying the theory of journalism at the college, including media law, public affairs, broadcast for TV and radio, journalism ethics and video journalism.
Michael Dixon, head of faculty for technology, creative and academic studies at the college, said: “Everyone at college involved in training the BBC journalists is thrilled for Levi and Kirsty and looking forward to tuning in to see them put the skills they learnt during their training into practice when delivering the nightly news bulletin.”
The next group of 23 BBC apprentices will start their training at the college – which has been named best further education provider of the NCTJ diploma for the last 10 years – on Monday 7 February with a two-week placement at the Paget Road campus in Compton.